Comic Con 2016 Trailer Reviews-Movies

Hello everyone,

This week was Comic-Con, which meant new trailers to upcoming movies, I was going to do one trailer at a time, but I decided to do one part which will be movies and tomorrow I will talk about the TV shows.

The first trailer I want to talk about is Doctor Strange.

Like Guardians of The Galaxy before this, I don’t have much knowledge about the character outside from a few crossovers with other comics. But judging by the trailer, this looks visually spectacular. Benedict Cumberbatch looks great as Doctor Strange and I am excited to see it.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I already talked about the first trailer. Click here. But I am very excited for this movie, mainly because I want to see an expanded universe of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Wonder Women

While the reception of Batman v Superman was mixed at best, one of the main highlights was Gal Godot as Wonder Women. This trailer got me the most excited. It gave us color in the DCEU and the action scenes looks great. It also made me wonder what Thor: The Dark World would have looked liked if Patty Jenkins stayed on as director. But this movie also has a lot to live up to because this is first female-led comic book movie in years, and most of the female-led have been really bad. But this trailer gives me hope for female-led comic book movies.

Justice League

This is the DCEU answer to Marvels Avengers. While the reception for Batman v Superman was mixed, it seems like the DCEU is answering the criticisms, like adding more color and some lightness without being very grim dark like the previous movies.  I also liked scene that introduced Barry Allen as the Flash. While I am a fan of Grant Gustin’s Flash for the CW series, I just have to accept that the universes are not connected. Hopefully both Wonder Women and Justice League will fix some of the problems the DCEU and could compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Those are my thoughts on the trailer. Do you have any favorite trailers from Comic-Con? Let me know in the comments below.

X-Men Apocalypse Movie Review

Hello everyone,

Sorry, that I haven’t posted in a while. I was extremely busy being away at several graduations including my own so I haven’t had time to read or post.

For this post I am reviewing the latest X-Men movie X-Men Apocalypse.

For my history with the X-Men, I grew up reading the comics and watching the 90s animated series, I do know about a lot of the characters and story-lines. Now lets talk about the movie.

The movie picks up 10 years after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, with Brian Singer back in the directors chair. The Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters is back in session with Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) leading the school. Mutants aren’t seen as a viable threat thanks to Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) role in saving the president from the last movie. Also what has happened back in Egypt was that what was said to be first Mutant has reawakened and wants to take over with the help of his Four Horseman. Angel (Ben Hardy), PsyLocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexanra Shipp) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender).

The X-Men has to use some new students which include Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheriden) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in order to stop Apocalypse from destroying the world.

I really liked this movie. While it wasn’t as good as First Class or Days of Future Past, it still did a good job at adapting the Apocalypse story, but also gave us a sense of danger on how Apocalypse was such a threat and needed to be stopped. I thought the new X-Men or the younger versions of Jean, Scott and Kurt were very good, especially if it was their first mission.

I also loved that they brought back Quicksilver (Evan Peters) from the Days of Future Past and used him again for this movie by having him actually join the team. If you liked his scene from Days of Future Past, you will defiantly love his scene in Apocalypse.

While I did like this movie, it wasn’t without flaws. I think it had some pacing problems in the beginning which was basically playing catch up from the characters of the last movie. Another weak aspect was how Mystique spent most of the movie in “Jennifer Lawrence” mode. I thought Jennifer Lawrence did a good job, but if you read the comics the aspect of Mystique is that she doesn’t hid who she really is, it also defeated the purpose of her arc in First Class.

I also felt the the Four Horsemen, aside from Storm and Magneto didn’t get their fair share of development as I thought they should have. But that would have made the movie 3 hours long.

In the end, I enjoyed X-Men Apocalypse, while not as good as First Class or Days of Future Past, it was still an enjoyable X-Men movie.

Grade: A-

Captain America: Civil War Movie Review

The summer movie season has finally started and it started with a bang with Captain America: Civil War. This is the third Captain America movie with Chris Evans fifth appearance as Captain America (six if you count is cameo in Thor: The Dark World).

This movie is now one of my favorite stand alone movies since Winter Soldier, and my second favorite overall movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The movie starts off as an ordinary mission with the Avengers lead by Captain America with Black Widow, Scarlet Witch and Falcon. Something goes wrong and now the Avengers are being asked to sign the Sovakia Accords which has the Avengers work for the government. Everyone has a different side of what they want to do, Tony Stark agrees while Steve Rodgers disagrees. But at the signing of the accords something goes wrong, Bucky (the Winter Soldier) is to be blamed, and now everyone is after Bucky.

I really enjoyed this movie. While it had other Avengers in the movie it still was a Captain America movie. It did a good job at developing Captain America and also the other characters and introduce new characters Black Panther and Spider-Man. Black Panther and Spider-man were both great additions to the universe.

Spider-Man was awesome in the movie and was basically the ultimate fanboy, fighting along side and against the Avengers. This also served as Black Panthers origin story, and how will become Black Panther. I am excited to see what their solo movies will bring to the table.

The action in this movie is also extremely well done and the airport fight that the trailers keep hyping up and worth seeing in theaters.

What was also great was that the movie had an emotional core to it, and see why some of the Avengers on the side that they are on. Also the fight with Iron Man vs. Captain America and Bucky was so good and emotional.

If I were to point out a negative it is the main villain, Baron Zemo. While he did have a reason for why he did what he did, it just wasn’t as developed as it should be.

In the end, the movie was what a follow up to both Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War and sets up phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe perfectly.

Grade: A

Daredevil: Season one review

With season 2 of Marvel Daredevil coming up I think it is important that I share my thoughts on the first season.

First, let me address my thoughts on the 2003 movie. I didn’t hate the movie as much as most people did, I just thought it was okay. The directors cut, however is much better and I recommend that you check it out.

The show however, is so much better than the movie and I am so glad that Netflix was a part of it. It starts with Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and his partner Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) starting their own law firm it Hells Kitchen. The story also sort of picks up after the events of the first Avengers movie and how Hells Kitchen is rebuilding after the Loki’s attack which they call the incident. The rebuilding is being lead by Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), after a young women named Karen Page(Deborah Ann Wool) uncovers some illegal dealings that Wilson Fisk is involved in she works with Matt and Foggy to uncover the scheme.

Let me start by telling how great Charlie Cox is as Matt Murdock/Daredevil. While Ben Affleck did a good job on the Matt Murdock side, Charlie Cox does a great job playing both characters.

Another highlight is Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk. He plays such a villainous character with so much empathy and is one of the best villains in television and also in Marvel.

Also, the action and fights in the show are the best I have ever seen on television. Just watch the 2nd episode and see the hallway fight which was done in one continuous take and tell me I am wrong.

This show was truly amazing I am so excited to see season 2.

Grade: A+

Season MVP: Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio

Best Episodes: Cut Man, World on Fire/Condemned and Daredevil

Deadpool Movie review

I know I am a week late, but last week I was at a Model UN so of course I couldn’t see Deadpool opening weekend, and now I do have the chance and let me tell you it was amazing.

Before I give you my thoughts on the movie, a little history. A Deadpool movie was circling around since at least 2009 around the time XMen Origins: Wolverine came out, and the less I tell you about that Deadpool or Baraka Pool, the better. It wasn’t until 2014 that test footage was “Leaked” around the time of Comic Con that got everyone interested in seeing Deadpool on the big screen.

It’s most likely not around anymore, but let me tell you, when I saw the footage it got me hyped to see Deadpool. It was mainly the test footage that got audiences to get a brief preview of what a Deadpool movie would look like.

Now for the actual movie, I think this movie was awesome. It was everything that I wanted a Deadpool movie to be which had a great mix of action and comedy, with Deadpool giving the breaking the fourth wall humor that he always does in the comics. Ryan Reynolds was outstanding as Deadpool, and for someone who wanted this movie made for years, he pulled off an amazing performance. I also thought Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, the love-interest for Wade Wilson/Deadpool also did an amazing job and playing the role more than just a damsel and actually has a great character to her.

It was also nice to see some X-Men make appearances like Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who were more than just cameos and actually contributed to the story and had some great fight scenes in the final fight. They even made a reference on how the studio didn’t have a budget for other X-Men.

I am so glad that this movie was good, because this was in all intense purposes a movie that was made by the fans, and if not for the “leaked” footage, this movie wouldn’t have seen the light of day.

Grade: A

Daredevil Season 2 trailer review

Sorry that it’s been a while since I posted. I was at a Model UN conference so I haven’t had time to read or post, but when I got back I saw the season 2 trailer for the Netflix/Marvel series Daredevil.

Daredevil, the first season was one of first in a series of Netflix/Marvel productions set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I will be reviewing the first season before the second season premieres.

The trailer really gets me excited for the season;  mainly because of the introduction of the Punisher (Jon Bernthal) who is basically Daredevil, except that he kills people.  It also gives us what is seen to be a Daredevil vs. Punisher in regards to their ideologies.

Also the trailer gives us a little “post-credit” scene is regards to Elecktra. More of that soon.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Season 1

Jessica Jones is one of several TV shows set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe just like Daredevil which came before it, and it stars Krysten Ritter as the titular character. Also like Daredevil while it is set within the MCU it is far enough that it can come up with its own stories and also very street level, so don’t go expecting Iron Man or Captain America to help her out. She also has powers in which she can jump real high and has unbelievable strength.

Now for the series, its AWESOME. Now let me tell you why. First of all, Krysten Ritter is Emmy worthy for her performance and knows how to be what is supposdly an unlikable anti-hero. Also she plays a charcter that has dealt with a signifacnt trauma which is bascially rape and also deal with PTSD and guilt for what she has done. Also very good, David Tennant as Kilgrave or the Purple Man and he plays what I think is one of greatest villians in comic book adaptation since Heath Ledger as the Joker from The Dark Knight. As a Doctor Who fan it blows my mind how David Tennant can go from the charming Doctor to the predotory Killgrave.

Another character is Luke Cage played by Mike Coultor, He will get his own series as well. But even though he has a few great episodes I am already impressed and can’t wait for his new series coming this year.

What makes the show great is not just the great cast but the fact that as a comic book show it doesn’t feel like a comic book show. It is more of a film-noir that just so happens to have people who have powers. I am very excited with the next Marvel netflix series.

Season MVP: Krysten Ritter and David Tennant

Best episode: A.K.A Sin Bin and AKA 1000 cuts

Grade: A